Are you looking for a way to relieve stress, calmness, peace and physical activity? All this can be brought to you by yoga. Test it yourself.
What are the symptoms of stress?
Stress affects everyone. There is not a person in the world who is not stressed for some reason. We experience stress at work and in our private lives. We are constantly in a hurry, chasing after something, not enough time to eat regularly, get enough sleep and exercise. Generally speaking, stress occurs when we are faced with something new and unfamiliar, and when we lack experience and a routine for dealing with the situation
Everyone feels stress a little differently. Some people will have an accelerated heart rate, palpitations and a verbal torrent, while others will sweat more, have nervous tics and dry mouth. The symptoms can vary. Of course, no one can completely eliminate stress from their lives. However, it is important to remember that long-term stress can lead to depression, irritability, mood swings, anger, lowered self-esteem, aggression, sleep disorders, decreased libido, and in extreme cases, even suicidal thoughts
How to fight stress?
If you often experience stress, implement a few simple rules. First, get at least 8 hours of sleep a day, second, eat 4-5 meals a day. Third, treat yourself to small pleasures each day and fourth, exercise several times a week. We will focus on the last point. You don’t have to run a marathon, do a thousand sit-ups or climb a rock climbing wall. You can devote yourself to yoga. To practice yoga, you don’t have to sign up for classes and invest in expensive equipment. At the beginning, you just need loose, comfortable clothes, a mat and a video on the Internet. The choice of available free materials is really large.
Yoga for stress
Calming postures that help combat stress include the up position with arms raised. Stand straight with your feet together, distributing your weight evenly on both legs. Tighten your shoulder blades, lower your shoulders, and tuck your tailbone up so that your pelvis is perpendicular to the floor. Then, raise your arms up so that they form a single line with your body. The elbows should be completely straight, with the palms facing each other. Inhaling, stretch the hands as far up as possible, trying to stretch the spine. Look straight ahead
Another suggested position is the downward dog. This pose will allow you to oxygenate your brain. All you need to do is get down on your knees and support yourself with your hands in front. Curl your toes and smoothly lift your hips up while straightening your arms, legs and back. Your bodies should assume an inverted V shape. Place your head between your shoulders. Your arms, head, neck and spine should be aligned. Relax the muscles of the shoulders, neck, and neck. Hold the pose for several deep breaths. To come out of the pose, take a step forward, bringing first your right, then your left leg closer to your hand, and straighten your entire body
The third idea is the snake position. In this position, lie on your stomach, join your legs together and press them against the floor. In this position, place your hands flat on the ground under your shoulders, keep your elbows close to your body. While inhaling, lift your chest up. Press the pubic bone to the floor and relax the buttocks. As you come out of the pose, slowly, vertebra by vertebra, lower your torso to the floor.
Yoga can also help with other conditions, such as headaches, joint pain, asthma, obesity, and insomnia.
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